Hiccups are the result of spasms of the diaphragm. These spasms cause us to take a short breath that is interrupted by the closing of the epiglottis.
So, that's the science. But here's some weird stuff:
- We hiccup in the womb
- Women hiccup more in the first two weeks of their menstrual cycle
- Men are more likely to develop long term hiccups than women
- Jennifer Mee (pictured above), a teen famous for having chronic hiccups who appeared on several national news networks to discuss her life, is currently on trial for first degree murder for allegedly luring a 22 year old man to a vacant home where he was robbed and shot.
- Tons of fun patents have been filed for hiccup cures, but my favorite is for the Hic Cup, which provides the user with a small electric shock while drinking.